|HCM City Oncology Hospital on Monday performed its first ever stereotactic body radiation therapy on a patient with nasopharyngeal cancer. — Photo courtesy of the hospital
HCM CITY — The HCM City Oncology Hospital on Monday successfully performed its first stereotactic body radiation therapy on a patient with nasopharyngeal cancer.
According to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in the US, SBRT is cancer treatment that delivers extremely precise, very intense doses of radiation to cancer cells while minimising damage to healthy tissue.
The HCM City hospital’s doctors performed the technique using the TrueBeam system, an advanced medical linear accelerator designed to treat targets with enhanced speed and accuracy.
The patient had been treated previously and cancer cells recurred at the same location.
Dr Lâm Đức Hoàng, head of the hospital’s radiotherapy department No.3, said cancer patients are prescribed 25 to 35 rounds of radiation every day.
However, this technique reduces it to six rounds, with each intense dose precisely targeting cancer cells and not affecting healthy cells around them, he said.
It is expected to bring high effectiveness and causes a few of complications, he said.
According to Hoàng, the technique is prescribed for patients found with early-stage cancers and those with cancer cells recurring but confined to a small area. — VNS